Texas Legislation Updates

The new Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is charged with overseeing the state’s motor vehicle services that provide consumer protection, assist motor vehiclerelated businesses, and raise revenue for the state. It does not issue driver licenses.

The agency is responsible for:

  • Vehicle titling and registration
  • Vehicle dealer licensing/regulation
  • Grants to law enforcement for vehicle theft prevention
  • Intrastate and interstate bus/truck credentialing and enforcement

Annually, the TxDMV is registering more than 21 million vehicles – the second highest in the nation; licensing more than 27,000 motor vehicle and salvage dealers; issuing more than 580,000 commercial motor carrier permits; distributing more than 17 million license plates; issuing more than 5 million titles; and responding to more than 2 million customers who call, write or walk into its offices.

When and why did the TxDMV start?

The TxDMV was created with the passage of House Bill 3097 during the state’s 81st legislative session. The bill was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry in June 2009. It began operations on Nov. 2, 2009.

Previously, motor vehicle services were provided as part of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Four TxDOT divisions (Vehicle Titles and Registration, Motor Carrier, Motor Vehicles, and the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority) became the new TxDMV.

Each year the demand for motor vehicle services grows in Texas. The TxDMV recognizes the importance of vehicles in the lives and livelihood of Texans. By being its own agency, the TxDMV is solely focused on the motoring public and vehicle industry, and finding ways to offer them more convenient customer services.

“TxDMV customers, such as the RV industry, deserve the undivided attention of an agency specifically tailored to their needs that will help them get to where they want to go and enhance the already great business climate in Texas,” said TxDMV
Board Chairman Victor Vandergriff.

“Having a separate agency to deal with vehicle registration and permitting details will enable a faster turnaround time to process vehicle title matters, allowing non-commercial and commercial vehicles to spend less down time, and minimize the loss of income to businesses,” explained Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon of San Antonio, who sponsored the legislation to create the TxDMV, at the agency’s inaugural press conference.

The more than $4 billion collected each year from motor vehicle businesses and vehicle owners is deposited into the state highway fund to build and maintain highways, roads and bridges, and into the state general revenue fund that legislators use to provide services for all Texans.

To learn more about the TxDMV’s services and programs go to www.TxDMV.gov.

How can you help the TxDMV?

Share your ideas. The TxDMV invites members of the Texas RV Association to help shape the new agency by e-mailing suggestions to TxDMVListens@dmv.state.tx.us.

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